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RISMEDIA, March 15, 2012–Twenty-six offices within the Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie network, including their joint ventures with Highland Partners, Wine Country Group and Tri-Valley Realty, donated time and resources to complete designated projects for some 21 charities in their local communities for the company’s third annual companywide “Giving Day” on Saturday, March 10th.

“Our offices were tasked with choosing a project in which everyone could participate, and each office partnered with a local community organization for that day,” said Kathy Ollerton, Director of Charities and Training for Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie. “We are pleased to say that we had hundreds of sales agents and staff give more than 2000 hours of service to those in need.”

Here is a list of the projects that the company’s agents and their families and clients participated in on March 10th:

Abode Homeless Shelter
Chaparral House
Blue Star Moms
Children’s Village
Quinn Cottages
SF County Parks and Recreation
Contra Costa Food Bank
Greater Richmond Interfaith Program
Habitat for Humanity
Food Bank Potrero Hill
Lake Merritt Beautification
Orinda Senior Village
Fresh Start
Sierra Senior Services
Sebastopol Senior Center
Shelter, Inc.
St. Vincent de Paul
Healdsburg Little League
San Francisco Cares
“Pass it Forward”

Timothy Hedges, broker of the Sebastopol office said, “With nearly 100% participation from our office, agents contributed money, brought painting equipment and supplies, and met early Saturday morning at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. Our goal was to paint the facade of the building and the reception area. By the time our group finished, the building looked as good as new. On Monday, clients were greeted with a clean, brightly painted lobby and reception area. We have received numerous emails from board members and others at the Senior Center expressing their appreciation for our work on Giving Day.”

Rich Wilks, broker with the Sacramento-Midtown office, whose office built new flowerbeds and gardens to enhance the living environment at Quinn Cottages, a transitional housing community, said, “The residents here are working to help themselves and improve their situation. This seemed like the least we could do. Our agents wanted to help out and give them something they could be proud of.”

“All of our offices and agents were totally engaged in this endeavor: they carefully chose organizations that are close to their heart, and truly made a difference in their communities. We really appreciate the commitment of these great real estate agents and employees,” said Ollerton.

About Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate
Our heritage began with the founding of Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in 1887. In 2010, the company was named the 17th largest real estate services firm in the nation, and Number One in the San Francisco East Bay. The company provides comprehensive solutions to home buyers and sellers, and handled more than 7,790 transactions in 2011, generating $2.9 billion in sales. Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate is independently owned and operated and includes joint ventures with partners Highland Partners in Piedmont, Wine Country Group in the north bay, and Tri-Valley Realty in Pleasanton-Hopyard and Ruby Hill. The organization is comprised of more than 1,200 sales professionals in 26 offices. For more information, go to